Why does society have difficulty discussing sexualities? Where does fear of Black sexualities emerge and how is it manifested? How can varied experiences of Black females and males who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), or straight help inform dialogue and academic inquiry? From questioning forces that have constrained sexual choices to examining how Blacks have forged healthy sexual identities in an oppressive environment, Black Sexualities ackwledges the diversity of the Black experience and the shared legacy of racism. The contributors seek resolution to Blacks' understanding of their lives as sexual beings through stories of empowerment, healing, self-awareness, victories, and other historic and contemporary life-course paramas and provide practical information to foster more culturally relative research, tolerance, and acceptance.
JUAN BATTLE is a professor of sociology and public health at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the coeditor of Free at Last?: Black America in the Twenty-first Century. SANDRA L. BARNES is a joint appointed professor in the department of human and organizational development sociology and the divinity school at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of The Cost of Being Poor: A Comparative Study of Life in Poor Urban Neighborhoods in Gary, Indiana.